Former Ravens WR Jacoby Jones: “If Lamar had me, Anquan and Torrey…” – Brady Power
The talent of the 2012 Ravens shouldn’t be underestimated. With such talented players on offense, Jones thought this team would be unstoppable when he first arrived in Baltimore. Jones rattled off the names of that offense, including Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith, Dennis Pitta, Ray Rice and Vonta Leach.
“I just wrote a post [in practice] and Joe let it go and I went and got it,” Jones said on Glenn Clark Radio Nov. 16. “As I stood up, I turned and looked [and] Joe was already down there on the field next to me, saying ‘Yeah!’ I’m like, ‘Oh shit, we’re like this. We’re about to be angry.’”
Jones went as far as saying that current Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson would pose a different type of threat if he had the 2012 Ravens receiving corps.
“If Lamar had me, Anquan and Torrey, he wouldn’t be going anywhere,” Jones said.
“We went through a little phase and we as players hold each other accountable,” Jones said of the losing streak. “We had many leaders on this team. You have Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Joe Flacco. … We had leaders on our team who didn’t want to let it happen [missing the playoffs] happen.”
“We turned ourselves in [Peyton] Manning, we faced each other [Tom] Brady and then [Colin Kaepernick]. We put them all down,” Jones said. “Our defense was flawless and our offense was flawless. Special teams, they couldn’t tell us anything because we stayed special.
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Lamar Jackson’s Legs are in full shape. A year after the star quarterback was plagued by injuries, his athleticism has single-handedly kept the Ravens offense afloat, coupled with a replenished defense to keep playoff hopes alive.
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The Ravens seem to have forgotten about wide receiver Devin Duvernay, who started the season so well. Jackson has only targeted him once in each of the last two games. Rookie tight end Isaiah Likely also took a backseat with Andrews in the lineup, catching a pass for a yard on three targets. With a lack of passing ability compared to other top contenders, the Ravens need to get more out of the receivers they have. Their passing accuracy, which has been so good in recent weeks, took a hit when left tackle Ronnie Stanley left the Carolina game with an ankle injury. Patrick Mekari has played well as a substitute, but Stanley’s elite pass blockers and mobility are essential.
The Ravens will face one of the worst pass defenses in the league when they travel to Jacksonville. The Jaguars are 12th in pressure per drop back, but have just 16 sacks. They have a couple of talented starters in cornerback Tyson Campbell, a second-round pick in 2021, and outside linebacker Josh Allen, a first-round pick in 2020. Devin Lloyd is a prolific playmaker at center despite struggling with the cover. They don’t have many defenders to scare anyone.
The Ravens can’t afford a flat performance against the Jaguars, who run the ball efficiently and string together first downs when quarterback Trevor Lawrence is on form. Jacksonville wasn’t blown out all season. So expect a thrill before the Ravens prevail with superior defense and more reliable special teams.
Ravens 23, jaguars 16
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Baltimore Ravens vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Ravens struggled offensively against the Carolina Panthers, and it will be interesting to see if other teams defend Baltimore similarly. The Ravens want to run the ball early and often, especially since their receiving corps looks lazy without Rashod Bateman.
Jacksonville is coming out of its much needed bye week. The Jaguars haven’t been as bad as their record suggests, but ultimately the unfortunate mistakes in the red zone are impossible to ignore, no matter how well they move the ball between the 20s.
But it was defense that let them down the most this season, even after adding pieces everywhere in the offseason.
Ravens 27, jaguars 22
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Baltimore Ravens 20, Jacksonville Jaguars 17
My producers at GameDay view on NFL Network as I pick each team. I’ve been wrong about the Jaguars more than any other team (3-7!), underestimated early on and overestimated lately. They’re better than their record, but I can’t get them over a Ravens defense that’s peaking. The addition of Roquan Smith helped unlock Patrick Queen and suddenly the defense is strong at all levels. Jacksonville will make Baltimore sweat though.
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Baltimore Ravens at the Jacksonville Jaguars
The Ravens didn’t mark for us last week, but they could easily have. They’ve won their fourth game in a row (2-2 ATS) and their renewed defense should be able to force Trevor Lawrence to make some mistakes, while their run defense should also be able to stop Travis Etienne Jr.
The Jaguars had lost six out of seven games prior to their bye week and their only hope is the Ravens continue to stumble over their own feet. John Harbaugh’s club has had the worst red zone efficiency (52.6 percent) of any team in Baltimore since 2018, compared to 66 percent over the past three seasons.
The pick: Raven’s -4